Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns

After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

Colorado recall points to greater intensity among gun-rights supporters

Supporters of gun-rights tend to feel more strongly about their position, and more willing to act on it politically, than backers of gun-control legislation.

Fact Tank Jul. 26, 2013

About four-in-ten Americans live in a household where there is a gun

About four-in-ten Americans report having a gun in their household, either their own or someone else’s.

Fact Tank Jul. 22, 2013

The public’s predictions on immigration, gun control bills this year

There’s a pretty good chance that immigration legislation will become law this year. The prospects for enacting a gun control bill are not nearly as promising, according to the American public.

Fact Tank Jun. 4, 2013

A minority of Americans own guns, but just how many is unclear

More than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household owns a gun.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2013

New Background Check Bill Favored, Prospects in Doubt

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that if the Senate background checks bill is reintroduced, Congress should pass it. But even gun control advocates are pessimistic about the bill’s chances.

May. 7, 2013

Data: Gun Homicide and Violent Crime

National rates of gun homicide, non-fatal gun crime and all non-fatal violent crimes have fallen since the mid-1990s. Explore the trends by age, race and gender in this interactive.

May. 7, 2013

Slideshow: Gun Violence in America

Key findings from the report “Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware”

May. 7, 2013

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000. Despite the drop, 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher today than 20 years ago.

Media & News Apr. 25, 2013

Gun Control Conversation Split

On Twitter, the tone of conversation on gun control shifted back and forth, but the NRA faced more criticism than support. The terms “Newtown” and “gun control” dominated the conversation.